Stories

Hungary’s slide into authoritarianism, and Europe’s toothless response

Nicole Orttung

As Hungary’s leader stamps out democratic freedoms, the EU searches for the tools to respond. Can a dictatorship be born in the EU?

A China-backed Panama Canal… in Nicaragua?

Carlo Massimo

A former revolutionary and a Chinese billionaire have teamed up to build a second Panama Canal, this time in Nicaragua. Like the first one, it’s a colonial venture.

The Rise of Siberian Nationalism

Elizabeth Peet

What explains the resurgence in Siberian regionalism in recent years, and what does it mean for Putin’s Russia?

Every joke is a tiny revolution

Molly Banta

Political comedy is used to persuade and bond likeminded groups together, while publicly ridiculing outsiders. That's true whether you're Jon Stewart or ISIS.